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Rodney Andrews

Rodney Andrews

Fellow of the Vibhooti Shukla Professorship of Economics
Director of the Texas Schools Project
GR 2.514
Rodney Andrews's Webpage

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Economics
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - 2007
M.A. - Economics
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - 2002
B.S. - Bachelors of Science in Economics
Georgia Institute of Technology - 1999

Research Areas

Research Interests

Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Public Finance, Applied Microeconometrics, Program Evaluation, Health Economics


Estimating The Responsiveness of College Applications to the Likelihood of Acceptance and Financial Assistance: Evidence from Texas, (with V. Ranchhod and V. Sathy) Economics of Education Review 29(1) (2010), 104-115 2010 - Publication
Family Health, Children's Own Health, and Test Score Gaps, (with Trevon Logan) American Economics Review 100(2) (2010), 195-199 2010 - Publication
The Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on College Choice" (with Stephen DesJardins and Vimal Ranchhod) Economics of Education Review 29(5) (2010), 722-737 2010 - Publication
"Comments on \Black Americans in the 21st Century: Should We Be Optimistic or Con- cerned?"" Review of Black Political Economy 37(3-4) (2010), 253{255 2010 - Publication
Bergstrom et al 1986: A correction, Journal of Public Economics 90(4-5) (2006), 957-958 2006 - Publication


The University of Texas at Dallas [2011–2018]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–Present]
Robert Wood Johnson Scholars
Harvard University [2007–2009]


Diversification of Exports in Mexico: 1960 - 1990
1998–1998 Lecturer in the annual meeting of the Business Association of Latin America (BALAS), April 1-4, 1998, South Padre Island, Texas, USA.
Diversification of Exports in Venezuela: 1965 - 1996
2018–2018 Lecturer in the Latin American Association of Students Meeting 2001, February 2001, Austin, Texas, USA.
Diversification of Exports in Venezuela: 1965 - 1996
2018–2018 Lecturer in the 2000 meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, March, 2000, Miami, Florida, USA.
Diversification of Exports in Mexico: 1960 - 1990
2018–2018 Lecturer in the annual meeting of the Latin American Association of Students, February, 1999, Austin, Texas, USA.
The Political Vote of Mexicans Abroad: A Jurisdictional Perspective
2018–2018 Lecturer in the Symposium of Mexican Political Action Abroad, September 2001, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Additional Information

Awards and Fellowships
  • 2000-2002 Rackham Minority Fellowship
  • 2002-2006 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Research and Training Program in Poverty and Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • 2005-2006 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2007-2009 Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Postdoctoral Fellowship-Harvard University
  • 2008-2010 National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Plan
  • Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) Fellow 2008-2011
Referee Experience
Economics of Education Review, Journal of Health Economics, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
Works in Progress
  • Alternatives to Affirmative Action, High School Quality, and College Performance
  • The Impact of Colorblind Admissions on the Educational Expectations of Texas's High School Graduates
  • The Effects of Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger on Applications and Admissions at an Elite Public University
  • The Effects of High School Courses on Subsequent Educational and Labor Market Outcomes ( with Steve DesJardins, Kristin Klopfenstein, and Brian McCall)
  • The ffects of Universal Pre-K in Texas (with Paul Jargowsky and Kristin Kuhne)

News Articles

Researcher Joins Class of Greater Texas Foundation Fellows
Dr. Rodney Andrews, director of the Texas Schools Project at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been named a member of the second cohort of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows. The three-year program builds research and teaching abilities of Texas college tenure-track faculty working in areas related to student success.

Andrews will receive more than $81,000 over three years to support his research project, “The Effects of Targeted Recruitment Programs Implemented by Texas’ Flagship Universities.” Fellows also gain access to professional development opportunities and guidance related to their intended career trajectories.
TSP Conducting Research for State Agencies
The Texas Schools Project recently received two grants from state agencies for research using data from the UT Dallas Education Research Center (ERC).
“These projects are a direct example of how the Texas Schools Project and the Education Research Center can benefit the state of Texas,” said Dr. Rodney Andrews, director of the Texas Schools Project. “The TSP is supplying these agencies with information that will directly impact Texas students and their futures.”
$1.4 Million Grant Funds TSP's Study of Teacher, Principal Quality
Texas Schools Project director Dr. Rodney Andrews says “everybody has had an exceptional teacher, so we know that teachers matter.” But empirically proving the effects teachers have on their students is more complex.

Researchers at the Texas Schools Project (TSP), which moved to UT Dallas in 1997, were among the first to publish research on teacher quality, Andrews said. With a $1.475 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the TSP is exploring other elements of K-12 education.
Four New Projects on Tap for Education Research Center
Researchers from six universities across the country recently were approved for new projects using data from the UT Dallas Education Research Center (UTD-ERC). The center’s joint advisory board accepted the four research projects, which focus on Texas students, teachers and schools, on Dec. 9.
Dr. Rodney Andrews
, senior researcher and director of the Texas Schools Project, which houses the UTD-ERC, said the center aims to answer policy-relevant questions by using empirical methods and detailed data.

“According to the feedback from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and members of the advisory board, these [new endeavors] are the sorts of projects that could prove to be informative in regards to educational policy in the state of Texas, and certainly, nationally,” said Andrews, who also is an assistant professor of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.